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Boy Scouts May Drop $650 Million Insurance Deal Absent Victims’ Backing
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Jonathan Randles | ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
The Boy Scouts of America said it could drop a $650 million settlement with insurer Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. if the youth organization can’t break an impasse with sex-abuse victims opposed to the agreement. The development described in papers filed Friday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., concerns a mechanism in the Boy Scouts’ proposal for compensating thousands of men who were victimized as children. Victims groups have said they would vote down any compensation plan that includes the Hartford settlement, which they have criticized as inadequate. Absent a breakthrough, the Boy Scouts said they would explore dropping the Hartford deal. “We believe the agreement is a positive step towards a global resolution which will support the BSA’s efforts to equitably compensate survivors,” the Hartford spokesman said.
Persons: isn’t Organizations: Boy Scouts of, Hartford Financial, Group Inc, can’t, Bankruptcy, Boy Scouts, The Boy Scouts, Hartford Locations: Boy Scouts of America, U.S, Wilmington, Del, Hartford
In 'spirit of dialogue,' Spain to pardon 9 jailed Catalan separatists
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
BARCELONA — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government will pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, saying that seeking reconciliation with the region was in the public interest. The Spanish government will make that first step now," Sanchez told an event in the Catalan capital attended by about 300 members of Catalan civil society but boycotted by its pro-independence government. Opinion polls indicate that close to half of Catalonia's population want independence from Spain. "Catalonia, Catalans we love you," Sanchez said in Catalan at the end of his speech in Barcelona's opera house. Spain's Supreme Court in 2019 sentenced the nine Catalan leaders for their role in an unauthorized independence referendum and a short-lived declaration of independence.
Persons: Pedro Sanchez, Catalonia's, Sanchez, Pablo Casado, Oriol, Raul Romeva, Quima Albalate, Joan Mateu, Pere Aragones Organizations: Spanish, NBC, People's Party, Spain's, Madrid, Gran, del Liceu, Supreme Locations: BARCELONA, Barcelona, Madrid, Spanish, Spain, Catalonia, Catalan
Former and current Capitol Hill staffers told Insider cannabis use was fairly prevalent there. That was in 2011, and he never was tested during his more than three years on Capitol Hill. If anything, weed use among Capitol Hill staffers appears to have become more common as an increasing number of states legalize its use and attitudes change, several people said. Using it is not considered a big deal among Hill staffers as long as they're discreet. Two years after that, DC Marijuana Justice made headlines by handing out free joints to Capitol Hill staffers who presented their congressional IDs.
Persons: Joe Biden's, you'd, Del, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Olivier Douliery, Chuck Schumer, Biden, Don Young, Sen, Rand Paul, Adam Eidinger, Eidinger, Marcus Stanley, Barbara Boxer, Jared Polis, Matt Gaetz, Trump, he'd, They're, Andy Harris of, Alex Wroblewski, , it's, wouldn't, Mike Quigley of, Sara Jacobs, Jacobs, Mark Wilson, Kimberly Leonard, KLeonard Organizations: Capitol Hill, Capitol, Hill, Democratic, Democratic National Committee, White, Getty, Senate, Weed, Alaska Republican, Kentucky Republican, DC Marijuana, White House, Capitol Police, DC Marijuana Justice, Florida Republican, Justice Department, Twitter, Trump, House Democratic, Congress, Rep, Congressional, Rights, GOP, House Administration, Republican Locations: White, AFP, Alaska, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Florida, Washington, Andy Harris of Maryland, Mike Quigley of Illinois
Opinion | The Bishops, Biden and the Brave New World
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Ross Douthat | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Catholic politicians, that is, like the regularly Mass-attending president of the United States. The justification for withholding communion is straightforward, however clouded by ideological disagreements. Withholding communion from politicians who are particularly implicated in those abortions, then, is both a political and a pastoral act. This kind of straightforward logic does not, however, make the plan to withhold communion from Joe Biden a necessarily prudent one. So the most likely consequence of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issuing some sort of document is that Biden continues to attend Mass and receive communion from friendly priests and prelates, and the bishops as a corporate body, already weak and scandal-tarnished, look like they’ve made a partisan intervention with no meaningful effect.
Persons: Roe, Wade, , Joe Biden, Biden, they’ve Organizations: Democratic Party, Catholic Church, Catholic, Democrats, Washington , D.C, United States Conference of Catholic Locations: United States, Wilmington, Del, Washington ,
WASHINGTON — A mixture of misinformation, low Covid-19 vaccination rates among U.S. teens and the spread of a variant causing concern is fueling urgency among policymakers and spurring a new push by the Biden administration to change those trends. This includes the creation last week of a “Covid-19 Student Corps,” or teenagers who agree to serve as community ambassadors to their peers. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said as she read out the Covid-19 vaccination rates among her city’s teenagers during the recent panel discussion at Anacostia High School. The U.K. Health Department has also warned the risk of hospital admission is higher in people with the delta variant. A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a teenager at Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami on May 18, 2021.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, Xavier Becerra, ” Becerra, , , Drew Maurano, Del, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Anthony Fauci, Eva Marie Uzcategui, Deepti Gurdasani, Holmes Norton, ” Dews Organizations: NBC, D.C, Health, Human Services, Corps, Hollywood, American Academy of Pediatrics, Anacostia High School, Health Department, Pfizer, BioNTech, Holtz Children's Hospital, Bloomberg, Getty, Queen Mary University of London, Anacostia, 5G, YouTube Locations: Washington, United States, , U.S, Britain, Black, India, Israel, Miami, England, British, London
Spain's cabinet to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders on Tuesday
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gestures as he explains his plan to issue pardons to a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, at Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain, June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Albert GeaBARCELONA, June 21 (Reuters) - The Spanish government plans to pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday. With the pardons that the cabinet still has to rubber-stamp in its weekly meeting, Sanchez aims to ease tensions in the northeastern region and kick-start negotiations between the central government and Catalan authorities. "Confrontation didn't serve to solve any problem," Sanchez said in speech at Barcelona's iconic opera house in an event attended by around 300 members of the Catalan civil society. Reporting by Joan Faus, editing by Inti LandauroOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Pedro Sanchez, Albert Gea BARCELONA, Catalonia's, Sanchez, didn't, Joan Faus, Inti Organizations: Spain's, Gran Teatre del Liceu, REUTERS, Inti Landauro, Thomson Locations: Gran, Barcelona, Spain, Spanish, Catalan
Key dates in Catalonia's independence bid
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
REUTERS/Albert GeaBARCELONA, June 21 (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday his government would pardon nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for their role in a 2017 independence bid. Sept. 23, 2019 - Spanish police arrested nine pro-independence activists on suspicion of planning acts of violence to coincide with the Supreme Court verdict. Oct. 14, 2019 - Spain's Supreme Court sentences nine separatist leaders to prison terms of between nine and 13 years. Sept. 28, 2020 - Spain's Supreme Court upholds a ruling barring Torra from public office, automatically triggering a snap election in Catalonia. Feb. 14, 2021 - Catalan separatist parties strengthen their majority in the regional assembly and protracted negotiations on forming a government begin.
Persons: Pedro Sanchez, Albert Gea BARCELONA, Carles Puigdemont, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Cuixart, Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras, Sanchez, Unidas, Quim Torra, Pere Aragones, Andrei Khalip, Gareth Jones Organizations: Spain's, Gran Teatre del Liceu, REUTERS, Spanish, Sanchez's Socialists, ERC, Torra, Thomson Locations: Barcelona, Spain, Catalonia, Madrid, Belgium, Catalan
Brendan Fraser looks different after playing a 600-pound man
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( Lisa Respers France | ) sentiment -0.94   time to read: 1 min
(CNN) Brendan Fraser made a rare appearance over the weekend and it got the internet talking. The 52-year-old actor appeared on the red carpet for his latest film, "No Sudden Move," which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and costars Benicio del Toro, Jon Hamm and Don Cheadle. Naturally Fraser doesn't look the same as he did in his 1997 film "George of the Jungle" and his thicker stature became a topic of converstation. Social media theorized that his weight gain might be connected to his next project, "The Whale," directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film centers on a severely obese and reclusive teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
Persons: Brendan Fraser, Steven Soderbergh, costars, del Toro, Jon Hamm, Don Cheadle, Fraser, George, Darren Aronofsky Organizations: CNN
VA moves to offer gender confirmation surgery to vets
  + stars: | 2021-06-20 | by ( The Associated Press | ) + 0.95   time to read: +2 min
(AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to offer transgender veterans gender confirmation surgery, Secretary Denis McDonough announced at a Pride Month event in Orlando Saturday. The move is just the first step in what’s likely to be a yearslong federal rulemaking process to expand VA health benefits to cover the surgery, but McDonough said the VA will use the time to “develop capacity to meet the surgical needs” of transgender veterans. McDonough’s announcement is the latest in a series of moves by the Biden administration to expand protections and benefits to transgender individuals in the military. Just days into his term, President Joe Biden signed an executive order overturning a Trump administration ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. And in February, McDonough ordered a review of the department’s policies to “ensure that transgender Veterans and employees do not face discrimination on the basis of their gender identity and expression.”
Persons: Denis McDonough, McDonough, ” McDonough, , , Biden, Joe Biden Organizations: Department of Veterans Affairs, Orlando Saturday, National Center for Transgender, Veterans Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Orlando, federal
UEFA probes discrimination at Euros matches in Budapest
  + stars: | 2021-06-20 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneJune 20 (Reuters) - UEFA is investigating "potential discriminatory incidents" during Hungary's European Championship matches against Portugal and France at the Puskas Arena, European soccer's governing body said on Sunday. During Hungary's opening match against Portugal in Budapest on Tuesday, images on social media showed banners with "Anti-LMBTQ" on them - the Hungarian abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. read moreThe anti-discrimination group Fare, which monitors matches for incidents of racism and other forms of discrimination, sent a report to UEFA and discussed the matter with officials. On Saturday ahead of Hungary's match against France, Hungarian fans marched to the Puskas Arena displaying a banner calling on players to stop taking a knee to protest racism. In a statement, UEFA said it has appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate the incidents.
Persons: Guglielmo Mangiapane, Gay, Viktor Orban, Hardik Vyas, Hugh Lawson Organizations: UEFA, Piazza del Popolo, REUTERS, Portugal, Puskas Arena, Lesbian, France, Puskas, Johns Hopkins University, Thomson Locations: Piazza, Rome, Italy, France, Budapest, Hungarian, Hungary, Bengaluru
"Growing up in school, I've never heard Juneteenth, or, you know the history of the Black Seminoles in Florida," she said. Unearthing the Black Seminole historyUntil 2015, Torralba saw her trips into Mexico as family vacations and reunions. When the U.S. prevailed, it removed the Black Seminoles with Native Americans to Indian Territory, what is now Oklahoma. When they were forced out of Fort Clark after the wars, Black Seminoles either returned to Mexico or stayed in Brackettville. Bottom right, is a photo of painted rock that marks the direction to Nacimiento de los Negros, Mexico where Juneteenth brings together descendants of Black Seminoles.
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Mexico to vaccinate migrants in Baja California under new border initiative
  + stars: | 2021-06-19 | by ( Lizbeth Diaz | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File PhotoMEXICO CITY, June 18 (Reuters) - Authorities in the Mexican border state of Baja California say they will include migrants in the new COVID-19 vaccination plan for border cities, which is aimed at accelerating the reopening of the shared land border with the United States. Baja California Health Secretary Alonso Óscar Pérez told Reuters on Friday that the agency has a plan to vaccinate migrants as part of this new border vaccination initiative. Mexico is rolling out its border initiative first in Baja California, home to one of the busiest land border crossings in the world, then plans to move west state-by-state until reaching Mexico's eastern seaboard. The decision to include migrants in Baja California may mean migrants will be included across Mexico's border, where thousands of mostly Central American migrants wait, often for months, in hopes of being able to cross into the United States. Migrant advocates have been pushing the state for information about how this vaccination drive will include the estimated 4,000 migrants living in Baja California, according to data provided by local shelters.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Johnson, Alonso Óscar Pérez, Lizbeth Diaz, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: Central America, Paso del, REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, Johnson, Reuters, Central, Thomson Locations: Central, U.S, Mexico, Paso, Paso del Norte, United States, Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO, Mexican, Baja California, California, Mexico's, Tijuana
Molina's wife and older son had left Honduras several months earlier and entered the United States separately. During the wait in Mexico, Molina rented a small apartment in southern Mexico and found odd jobs to provide for himself and his daughter. Molina, so close to rejoining his family after the long separation, chose to focus on the positive. "Happy, happy, so happy," he said. Reporting by Jose Luis Gonzalez, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by David GregorioOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez CIUDAD, Andy Molina's, Eleana Victoria, Molina, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, It's, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Daina Beth Solomon, David Gregorio Our Organizations: Paso del, REUTERS, Jose Luis Gonzalez CIUDAD JUAREZ, Trump, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Paso, Paso del Norte, United States, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Honduras, Texas
Immigrants could be flown from the busy Rio Grande Valley or Del Rio, Texas, sectors into El Paso, for example, and then sent back across the border from there. Gelernt said migrants are often led to think or come to believe they will be flown to a location in the U.S. where they will be allowed to stay. There have been reports of migrants being walked across the border back into Mexico after a lateral flight, only to find they are in a place they do not know and cannot reenter the U.S. The Biden administration began lateral flights in early March, when the number of migrants stopped crossing the border began to spike. A spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection defended the move saying, “Several Border Patrol sectors have seen a significant increase in encounters in recent months.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, , Lee Gelernt, Gelernt Organizations: Immigrants, U.S, The Department of Homeland Security, Customs, Border Protection, Border, DHS, Protection Locations: Mexico, Rio Grande, Del Rio , Texas, El Paso, Del Rio, U.S
U.S. Catholic bishops move toward rebuke of Biden for abortion policy
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The result of the vote — 168 in favor and 55 against — was announced Friday near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that was held virtually. President Joe Biden walks from St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church after attending mass, on May 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego countered that the USCCB would suffer “destructive consequences” from a document targeting Catholic politicians. Biden, who attends Mass regularly, says he personally opposes abortion but doesn’t think he should impose that position on Americans who feel otherwise.
Persons: Joe Biden, , Biden, Joseph, Carolyn Kaster, Bishop Donald Hying, ” Hying, Bishop Robert McElroy, ” McElroy, He’s, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Rhoades, Cardinal Wilton Gregory Organizations: U.S . Conference of Catholic Bishops, Brandywine Catholic Church, Fort Locations: St, Brandywine, Wilmington, Del, Madison , Wisconsin, San Diego, Fort Wayne, South Bend , Indiana, Washington
Wall Street Is Back (at the Office)
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Andrew Ross Sorkin | Jason Karaian | Sarah Kessler | ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
Bankers flock back to ManhattanThousands of Goldman Sachs employees returned to their desks in New York this week, marking the beginning of the postpandemic era of investment banking. Their counterparts at Barclays were back en masse too, while others are trickling in more slowly. What did many Wall Streeters’ first week back in the office look like? To foster a celebratory atmosphere, the bank hosted performances outside its headquarters, with funk on Tuesday and salsa on Thursday. The bank required employees to log their vaccination status in a company system last week.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Del Frisco’s Organizations: Barclays, JPMorgan, Times Locations: Manhattan, New York
Live Updates: Democrats Embrace Manchin’s Voting Rights Proposal
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Carl Hulse | ) + 0.00   time to read: +16 min
Live Live Updates: Democrats Embrace Manchin’s Voting Rights Proposal A plan put forward by Senator Joe Manchin III is narrower than the sweeping voting rights bill Democrats have been working on for months, but the senator has been the party’s lone holdout on the issue. Democrats rally around Manchin’s narrower voting rights bill. With a test vote on the measure looming next week, Mr. Manchin’s opposition to the voting rights measure threatened to be a major embarrassment for Democrats. A new report shows that the risk of sexual assault for women in the Army is highest at Fort Hood. Further, for both men and women, longer deployments on antiterrorism missions also led to higher risk for sexual assault and harassment.
Persons: Joe Manchin, Joe Manchin III, West, Stacey Abrams, Stefani Reynolds, Manchin —, , Manchin, Ms, Abrams, Manchin’s, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, Schumer, Biden, Jill Biden, Doug Mills, Jimmy Carter, Donald J, Trump, Pope Francis, Mr, Wade ., Pope, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Bishop, William Koenig of, Biden’s, Fort Hood, Christopher Lee, Fort, Bliss, Dr, Jenna Newman, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lloyd J, Austin III, Janie Osborne, Tim Kaine, ” Mr, Kaine, Roger Wicker, Maria Cantwell, J, Scott Applewhite, Roger Wicker of, Wicker, , Organizations: Infrastructure, The New York Times Democrats, Senate, Republican, Republicans, Democrat, Democratic, Georgia, CNN, New York Times, United States Conference of Catholic, Rome, Mr, America Magazine, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Army, Fort, Fort Hood . U.S, Credit, The New York Times, Department of Defense, RAND Arroyo Center, Defense, Democrats, Politico, Capitol, Associated Press, California Legislature, Commerce, Science, Transportation Locations: West Virginia, Georgia, New York, St, Matthew’s, Washington, United States, American, U.S, Mississippi, Roe, William Koenig of Wilmington, Del, Fort Hood ., Fort Hood, Kileen , Texas, Texas, Bozeman, Mont, Virginia, California, But Alabama, Florida, Georgia , Mississippi, New Mexico, Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Targeting Biden, Catholic Bishops Advance Controversial Communion Plan
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Elizabeth Dias | ) sentiment -0.76   time to read: +2 min
“The point is to mobilize Republicans; it is all a play to the base,” he said. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an assembly of the country’s 433 active and retired bishops, can issue guideline statements, but it does not have the authority to decide who can or cannot receive the sacrament of communion. That power is reserved for the local bishop, who has autonomy in his diocese, or the Pope. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made it abundantly clear that he does not support denying communion to Mr. Biden. Bishop-elect William Koenig of Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden’s hometown, has remained largely quiet on the issue ahead of his installation next month.
Persons: ” Bishop Robert M, Coerver, Bishop Kevin C, Rhoades, , , demonizing Biden, , Mike Mikus, Pope, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Biden, Bishop, William Koenig of, Biden’s Organizations: Life, Republicans, Democratic, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Locations: Lubbock, Texas, Pittsburgh, Washington, William Koenig of Wilmington, Del, U.S
The Herb Revolution in American Cooking
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Bee Wilson | ) + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
Imagine cooking and eating without fresh herbs. The rise of fresh herbs is one of the happiest stories of modern eating. Sales of fresh herbs in the U.S. have tripled since 2000 from 1% of all fresh produce sales to 3%. The first herb to transform modern Western cooking was arguably Italian basil, which started showing up in U.S. food markets in the 1970s. The 1990s were the decade of green herb sauces of one kind or another.
Persons: , Betty Crocker’s, , Jill Norman, Basil, Anna del Conte, Pesto, kuku, Herb, Mark Diacono, Diacono Organizations: Shenandoah Growers Locations: dill, U.S, Virginia, Europe, Germany, Italy, Liguria, Argentina, Eastern, British
Ecuador to start new 'normalization process' for Venezuelan migrants
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( ) sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino/File PhotoJune 17 (Reuters) - Ecuador will implement a new "normalization process" for the 430,000 Venezuelan migrants living in the South American country, President Guillermo Lasso said on Thursday, without providing further details of the plan. "I am pleased to announce the beginning of a new regularization process, which in order to be an effective, lasting and permanent policy should be complemented by strategies for economic integration and labor market access," Lasso said. Ecuador in late 2019 launched a regularization process for Venezuelans who arrived before July of that year. Lasso said Ecuador needed outside funding to continue caring for Venezuelan migrants, estimating that more than 100,000 additional migrants were expected to arrive before the end of the year. "I call on our partners in the international community to be co-responsible and have solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees, and with the countries that receive them," he said.
Persons: Vicente Gaibor del Pino, Guillermo Lasso, Lasso, Luc Cohen, Barbara Lewis Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Venezuelan, Venezuela, Guayaquil, Ecuador, American, Canada, Colombia
Lawyers for the Justice Department and former Trump national security adviser John Bolton told a federal judge late Wednesday that the government no longer wishes to pursue legal action against Bolton's book critical of the Trump White House, ending an attempt to seize his profits from the book. Wednesday's development was a complete reversal by the Justice Department and a total win for Bolton. Chris Delmas / AFP - Getty Images fileThe Justice Department sued Bolton a year ago, accusing him of violating his obligation to get written permission before proceeding with publication, to make certain that no official secrets were disclosed. Bolton responded that he was required to wait only for a White House official's confirmation that the book was free of classified information, which he got in April 2020. Separately, the Trump Justice Department launched a criminal investigation of Bolton's actions.
Persons: John Bolton, Donald Trump's, Bolton, Trump, Charles Cooper of, Chris Delmas Organizations: Justice Department, Trump, Trump White House, Bolton, Department of Justice, White, Costco, Calif, Getty, White House, Trump Justice Department Locations: Charles Cooper of Washington ,, Marina del Ray, AFP
Shell, which declined to confirm on Reuters’ report on Sunday that it was weighing the blockbuster sale of its Texas shale assets, also did not comment for this story. To showcase its 260,000 acres (105,200 hectares) in the Permian, Shell has opened a data room, according to two people familiar with the matter. ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Chevron Corp, EOG Resources and some private energy houses are all potential bidders for some or all of Shell’s Permian assets, according to analysts. Against this backdrop, estimates for Shell’s acreage run from $7 billion to over $10 billion, the latter implying a valuation of almost $40,000 an acre. Graphic: Shell's energy transition spending -
Persons: Toru Hanai, Andrew Dittmar, Artem Abramov, Sven Del Pozzo, , Paul Sankey, Rystad’s, Alex Beeker, Wood MacKenzie Organizations: HOUSTON, Royal, REUTERS, Shell, Equinor, Occidental Petroleum, Reuters, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Chevron Corp, EOG, Benchmark, Natural Resources, DoublePoint Energy, Chevron, Rystad, IHS, Sankey Research, Occidental, Anadarko Petroleum Locations: Chiba, Japan, Texas, Shell, EOG Resources, Rystad Energy, Oklahoma, New York, Delaware, Midland, Mewbourne
Express Inc., EXPR -3.59% best known as a presence in American malls, has been testing a new strategy: selling other brands’ merchandise online. Visitors to the retailer’s website can shop for items from dozens of other brands in addition to Express apparel. That approach is an increasingly popular one as retailers like Express, Urban Outfitters Inc. URBN -0.26% and J.Crew Group Inc. look to benefit from listing products that are sold and shipped by other sellers. Walmart has more than 85,000 sellers, according to Marketplace Pulse, compared with roughly two million active sellers on Amazon. Amazon sellers have to bid for ad space.
Persons: , Timothy Baxter, Jeff Bezos, Adrien Nussenbaum, Maria Del Mar Gomez Viyella, Viyella, “ they’ll, Dave Cole, Baxter, Rocky Collins, Collins, , ” Sellers, Joshua Willard, Willard, haven’t, Mr, Jeff Clementz, Ken Zhang, Sellers “, Zhang, Scott, Sebastian Herrera Organizations: Inc, Visitors, Urban Outfitters Inc, J.Crew, Inc, Walmart Inc, Target Corp, Amazon, Express, An Express, Street, Cali Hndsme, Walmart Locations: Brooklyn, Sebastian.Herrera
Legislation Aimed at China Seeks to Expedite Probes of Trade-Secret Thefts
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Katy Stech Ferek | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Several senators introduced legislation Tuesday aiming to make it easier for businesses that believe they are victims of intellectual property theft to halt imports made with their trade secrets while their allegations are being investigated. The committee, led by the U.S. attorney general, would look into an allegation of trade theft waged by a competitor that has the backing of a foreign government. The allegation could be made by the owner of intellectual property who submits statements under oath or by the attorney general’s office itself. The legislation sets a 30-day deadline for investigators of the claim to decide whether to halt imports while a longer review unfolds. The bill would apply to imports from any country, but backers say it comes largely in response to allegations of intellectual property theft by Chinese companies.
Persons: Sen, John Cornyn, Christopher Coons, , Cornyn Organizations: U.S . International Trade Commission, U.S Locations: , Texas, Del, China
Greg Abbott said he would solicit donations from the public to fund Texas' border wall. The governor announced last week that Texas would begin building its own border wall. Greg Abbott told a podcast host on Tuesday that he would solicit donations from the public to fund the construction of Texas' border wall. "Only Congress and the president can fix our broken border," Abbott said during a speech at border security conference in Del Rio. During Trump's presidency, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and former top Trump advisor Steve Bannon raised more than $25 million for a border wall fund Kolfage created called We Build the Wall.
Persons: Greg Abbott, Abbott, Joe Biden, Brian Kolfage, Steve Bannon, Kolfage, Bannon, Trump Organizations: Texas Gov, Air Force, Trump Locations: Texas, United States, Del Rio
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